But don't feel sorry for Anna yet because SOAP is pretty awesome. Yes, the school is rigorous, but also freeing. Students live in dorms, eat meals in a restaurant type cafe and are allowed to party on weekends. Oh, and the drinking age in France? 16. Yeah, pretty awesome.
Anna becomes friends with a group of veterans at the school. They've been there since freshman year, know fluent French and show Anna the ropes. There's Meredith, the sporty one- Josh and Rashimi, who are always making out... and then... Ettiene St. Clair. St. Clair is "the boy". You know the one everyone likes. He's charming, sweet, funny, and French/British/American. Anna immediately falls for him, but there's just one problem- he's had a girlfriend for over a year. Will these two ever get together?
I think the answer is obvious.
I liked this book. It was fun, silly and sweet. But... it was whipped cream. Tasty, sweet, light and breezy. Everyone likes whipped cream. But does it fill you up? Is it substantial? No. Not at all. It's incredibly obvious. You know what the ending is before even cracking the spine. No surprises.
But that's not to say it's not a good book, because it is. If that's the sort of thing you're looking for. If you need a break from the heart wrenching or the nail biting, this is your pick. I think anyone in high school would adore this book... and it's also safe for them because they keep the PDA to a minimum and there's no sex... there's the mention of people having sex, but no details.
Perkins writing is great too. She has a fun tone throughout and she captures you from page one.